Pattern recognition is one of the most important aspects of tennis tactics
Pattern recognition is one of the most important aspects of tennis tactics. Most tactics and strategies in training involves new and advanced ways to outplay opponents. It can include several ways in playing either in neutralizing opponents or in offensive play. However, a player would experience during a lesson that tactics can be practiced continuously without practicing pattern recognition. Now you might ask what pattern recognition is and it is easy to explain as it is an ability to recognize order in chaos, which is what the tennis game itself could be when not played properly.
A ball that exchanges between two players often appear random to bystanders and only a detailed look shows you that certain patterns are continuously repeating themselves. Some common examples of patterns include, approaching a net with down the line hits, slice on backhand side, and topspin on the forehand, to serve second serves repeatedly to backhand side, and so on. Thus is the problem that a player faces hat even though they know what tactic to use against their opponent, they still do not realize or notice that a pattern is used to play against themselves.
Pattern recognition is thus to figure out who is doing what to whom. You need not only be able to use tactics against your opponents but it is essential to recognize the pattern used against your own play. This is the only way you would be able to anticipate and prepare your response and thus be prepared for the best counter attack is recognizing it in advance. It is not easy to spot patterns and what you need to look for is slightly unusual shots played. High-level players know their opponents and often know where their opponent is likely to hit before they even know it themselves.